News George Osborne sounded warnings ahead of 26 June deadline

Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%

Peter Stanford: Young men thrive on opportunity, not jail

Penal reform is the intelligent way to save money and improve the future of the thousands of male offenders imprisoned each year

Clarke's break with Tory prison policy provokes anger from right

Kenneth Clarke's pledge to break with the Conservatives' traditional "prison works" philosophy and bring in more community sentences has provoked anger from the right of his party and a warning from criminal justice campaigners that his words must be matched by firm proposals.

Ken Clarke plans radical reform of the prison system

Fewer offenders could be locked up in prison and more given community sentences under reforms of the criminal justice system being planned by the Government, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke indicated today.

Child sex abuse defendants could be granted anonymity

Family welfare charities fear coalition proposals will discourage victims from reporting serious assaults

157 magistrates' and county courts to close in cutbacks

The Government yesterday announced plans to close 157 magistrates' and county courts across England and Wales. Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, said the move could save £15.3m a year and a one-off maintenance backlog bill of £21.5m.

Jon Venables charged with child porn offences

Jon Venables, one of the two boys convicted of murdering the toddler James Bulger, has been charged with downloading 57 child pornography images, it was revealed yesterday.

David Cameron challenged on prison policy

A Tory MP today challenged David Cameron over an apparent shift in prison policy which could see fewer criminals locked up on short sentences.

Ministry defends £1.4m redundancy deals

The Ministry of Justice today defended redundancy deals worth £1.4 million that were made with just 16 civil servants.

Despite public harmony, coalition parties remain divided

Frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations are taking place to resolve policy differences between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats before the coalition government outlines its legislative programme next week.

Donald Macintyre: Labour's leadership needs the stamp of a genuinely new era

Labour needs to occupy the Opposition benches with its taste for power intact, as it failed to do after Thatcher's victory in 1979

Cameron embarks on marathon tour of Britain in last-ditch bid for votes

Kenneth Clarke admitted the Conservatives had only a "slim" chance of securing an overall majority in tomorrow's general election as the party launched a desperate last-minute effort to pass the winning post.

With 11 days to go and polls suggesting a hung parliament, what secret deals are going on?

The main parties are preparing the ground for talks about the post-election balance of power

£15bn boost for Treasury before pre-election Budget

Bumper February gives Chancellor extra room for manoeuvre in Budget

Businessmen lack faith in Labour, new poll shows

Business leaders say they support immediate cuts in public spending
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